Loving your small business is a lot like loving a partner. It’s exciting and scary at first. Then you get comfortable and in a routine. Then those quirks that were charming and endearing at the beginning start to wear thin, and the freedoms you thought you gained are starting to look not as good as the freedoms you traded. And then one day you look at him or her/it and think “how did we get here?”

Because let’s face it: being awake at 3 am in service to someone/thing else isn’t glamorous. The work it takes to maintain a healthy relationship/business is stressful. You give up certain aspects of a social life, other dreams, and face uncertainty. But looking at happy couples and fellow business owners, it’s apparent that it gets better when you put in the time and effort, and you know you couldn’t imagine your life without your partner/business.

So how do we rekindle the entrepreneurial romance?

When I get despondent about uneven cash flow or the fact that I’m up at nigh 4:00 a.m. (again) because I just HAD to write this blog post, I like to revisit my mission statement and look back at completed projects. It doesn’t hurt to look at the lovely things clients and friends have said about my work either. I close my eyes and remember my dreamer days; those pre-business days when Back to Grasics was just an idea nudging my thoughts, another cloud in the realm of “what if.”

But more importantly, I remember my purpose. I look back to where I prayed about what passions to pursue and which to push aside and hearing that I’m made for this work.

That’s all well and good, but where do I find inspiration/motivation?

Sometimes, all you need to do is ask! If you’ve surrounded yourself with a good community and other entrepreneurs who understand your hardships, they’ll be happy to empower and encourage you. Find a local entrepreneurs club, or start one yourself, to find like-minded creatives. Attend conferences or public gatherings. A quick Google search should do it.

If you’re in Lexington, Kentucky, drop me a line, and I’ll get you plugged in with a collaborating group of creatives!

Remember to not give up.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
– Colossians 3:23 (NIV)